"Are we too young to go to gardens?" Mr Man asked me when he proposed a visit to the largest privately owned gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, Mayfield Gardens in Oberon. Set in 16 hectares 180km west of Sydney, the gardens are open all year round, and also extend to encompass the 50 hectare Hawkins' Family Garden, which includes a full-size maze.
Top Tip: The Hawkins' Family Garden is only open for a limited number of days per year. Check the company website for dates, so that your trip includes access to all the grounds.
At the entrance, there is a cafe and a nursery, neither of which require a fee to enter. There are also plenty of picnic areas throughout the gardens if you wanted to BYO lunch.